The new atheist anti-harassment policy takes effect

Because — for the humor-impaired — there’s been way too much anger, bitterness, feuding and rancor over this subject (a subject which, among sensible adults, there should really be not a whiff of controversy at all) that I think a little calming levity is overdue.

(For those curious, this comes from the amazing Tumblr feed Black and WTF, and sports this caption: February 27, 1923. “Miss Alice Reighly, 1409 Harvard Street, president of Anti-Flirt Club, which has just been organized in Washington, D.C., and will launch an ‘Anti-Flirt Week’ beginning March 4. The club is composed of young women and girls who have been embarrassed by men in automobiles and on street corners.” So, you know, it’s not a new problem.)


  1. dogeared, spotted and foxed says

    And right after this picture was taken a pair of jolly lads in fur coats in a 1916 convertible Studebaker with a racoon tail fluttering from the mirror drove by and yelled “Hey don’t be a Mrs. Grundy! How else are we gonna make whoopie, you dumb Dora! C’mon, shake that chassis for me! Twenty-three skidoooo!”

  2. Brono says

    What ever men are doing from automobiles or street corners I wouldn’t exactly call flirting.

  3. Tigger_the_Wing says

    But they (the catcalling men) would, which is kind of the point. If harassers deny they are harassing, but merely flirting, then the only way to stop them is to ban flirting!

    Unless, you know, enough people-who-aren’t-women* call them out on their behaviour and demand that they stop bringing non-harassers into disrepute.

    *Because, as we have seen nearly ninety years on, women still aren’t believed, even by men who would like to think of themselves as good guys.

  4. bastionofsass says

    Good thing the anti-flirting campaign never really caught on. Imagine the consequences. If flirting had ended, men and women would completely have stopped having sex and humans would’ve been well on their way to extinction by now.

  5. stubby says

    Like I’m going to believe a woman who shows that much ankle doesn’t like to flirt. They’ve only had the right to vote for 3 years and already they are parading around half naked. It’s poppycock, I tells ya!

  6. fullyladenswallow says

    Black and WTF has some cool stuff. I think that this photo though, originated at The Library of Congress website photo section and was a National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Many of the selections there are non-copyrighted and downloadable. Lots of wonderful old images. A lot of them such as Miss Reighly above also appear at for those who are interested in old photos.

  7. fullyladenswallow says

    For someone who’s an Anti-Flirt Club Member, her smile seems to tell me otherwise.

  8. Chagrined says

    I’m a middle-aged guy who gets the problem of women being objectified sexually and not taken seriously as equals in professional or academic settings. Why do I say this? Because over the years I’ve been guilty of behaviors and/or bad attitudes tthat have offended women, probably made me look an ass, and definitely made me feel like a fool. Consequently, I’m working to be more aware of how to effectively show women respect and appropriate attention that is not motivated from my own sexually-driven male ego. Breaking this pattern can be quite difficult sometimes.